My darling wife Alexa ran her third-ever half-marathon this week, the Divas Half-Marathon in Long Island. We got up before dawn to take the LIRR out to Uniondale in Nassau County, where some 4,000 other female runners (and one or two male runners, somehow) were waiting for the 8:00 AM start. This being a diva-themed half-marathon, there weren’t just the usual water stations along the route. There were also tiara and boa stations! At the finish line, runners were given a flute of champagne and a red rose, and were presented with their medals by shirtless firemen. I’m not even kidding. Here’s a picture of Alexa and our friend Amanda, who ran the half-marathon with her, in the finishers’ circle:
Alas, I do not have a photo of a shirtless fireman presenting Alexa with her medal. You’ll just have to use your imagination for that one.